What do you need to know before investing in diamond stud earrings? Whether you're buying jewelry for yourself or as a gift for someone else, take a look at the top questions about diamond studs answered.

What Is A Diamond Stud Earring Set?

Are studs the right choice for you or the gift recipient? To adequately answer this question, make sure you know what diamond studs are. These earrings have a simple design that showcases the gemstone. Instead of long drops, hoops, chains, or stones, studs contain a single diamond in a traditional setting. This creates an elegant, classic, and neutral look. 

Are All Diamond Studs The Same Shape? 

No, all studs are not the same shape. You can choose a gemstone that is cut into a round, princess, cushion, emerald, marquise, oval, or pear shape. The shape you choose depends on your (or the gift recipient's) personal preference. A round or princess-cut diamond has a traditional look, while emerald and cushion cuts often have a dramatic vintage or retro-like aesthetic. Pear and oval shapes have a standout style that can create an unexpected look. 

Are All Diamond Studs The Same Size?

Again, the answer to this question is no. Diamond size is measured in carats. This weight unit equals 0.2 grams, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Seemingly small differences in weight can significantly impact the diamond. This makes it important to know the precise weight, rounded to the hundredth of a carat. 

The carat weight of the diamond studs you choose also depends on personal preference. The face size or ear size of the person who will wear the earrings can also impact this decision. A higher carat weight diamond may not look right or might seem unbalanced on a person with slim, delicate lobes. Likewise, a smaller weight carat set of earrings could seem lost on a person with a wider face or larger ears. 

Are All Studs The Same Color?

Like shape and size, color can vary between stud sets. Traditional or classic diamonds have a clear or colorless look. More modern options include fancy-colored diamonds in pale pink, yellow, brown, or even blue hues. 

Along with the color of the diamond, you will also need to choose the color of the setting. A classic gold setting has a yellow tone. If you're searching for something different, a silver, platinum, pink rose gold, or white gold option.

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